UNC spent nearly $7.6 million on lawyers, PR services in academic scandal

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has spent nearly $7.6 million to date for legal and public relations services related to the academic scandal that has rocked the university.

According to a release posted on the Carolina Commitment website, the money has been spent on services provided by three law firms and one public relations agency over a more than two-year span.

Bills for the three law firms reflect work between mid-2014 and mid-2015. One law firm’s charges date back to late 2012.

“It’s common for major universities facing significant challenges to hire outside firms for subject area expertise,” the release said. “That is a more cost-effective approach to conducting complex work than hiring additional permanent staff and enables an institution to scale up or down the necessary level of staffing and extra resources as needed.”

It’s common for major universities facing significant challenges to hire outside firms for subject area expertise. That is a more cost-effective approach to conducting complex work than hiring additional permanent staff and enables an institution to scale up or down the necessary level of staffing and extra resources as needed. UNC-Chapel Hill elected to use this approach when retaining outside legal and public relations support. As a state agency, the University is permitted to retain outside counsel or consultants for legal or other issues and must follow state and UNC policies and procedures.”

The post also says that no state-appropriated or tuition dollars are being used for these expenses.

The University says they are “currently responding to an unprecedented combination of simultaneous issues.” Those issues include:

  • Pending class-action and other lawsuits filed in federal and state courts
  • A pending NCAA investigation
  • A pending review of academic reforms and their effectiveness
  • Two pending public records requests – the largest in University history
  • A sharply rising volume of regular public records requests
  • Pending personnel reviews
  • Leadership transitions in two key units

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